Pac-10 Coach Raking: Big Ben
Take a wild guess who is ranked as the top coach in the Pac 10? You got it, that guy.
1) Ben Howland – UCLA
Ben Howland is truly the king of the Pac 10. He has the Bruins on course for a fourth-straight Final Four.
2) Mike Montgomery – California
A great hire for Cal – Mike Montgomery has the coaching pedigree to lead the Golden Bears back to their 1990s Jason Kidd-led level.
3) Tim Floyd – USC
There’s a new player in L.A. hoops. Tim Floyd seems to have the recruiting touch and the Trojans are ready to fight back against neighborhood bully UCLA.
4) Herb Sendek – Arizona State
Herb Sendek has the Sun Devils headed towards the upper echelon of the Pac 10 and is now the top coach in the Land of McCain.
5) Tony Bennett – Washington State
There is no way that Washington State should be a player in the Pac 10 every year, yet Tony Bennett has them doing just that.
6) Lorenzo Romar – Washington
The back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances in ’05 and ’06 seem ages ago. At least Lorenzo Romar has Jon Brockman around for his senior season.
7) Ernie Kent – Oregon
Ernie Kent’s Ducks appear to have peaked in 2007 with their appearance in the Elite 8. Don’t expect a repeat performance this season.
8) Johnny Dawkins – Stanford
It should be a long season for first year coach Johnny Dawkins. Couldn’t at least one of those Lopez twins have stuck around for another season?
9) Craig Robinson – Oregon State
It’s debatable who has the tougher task ahead of him – Craig Robinson or his brother-in-law Barack Obama.
10) Russ Pennell – Arizona
Its always hard to follow a legend, but being thrown into the head coaching position at the last minute (and thrown into the middle of a soap opera to boot) makes Russ Pennell’s job even harder.